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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation Into Incident Involving the Oxford Community Police Service

Case Number: 08-OCI-239

TORONTO (11 December, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two officers of the Oxford Community Police Service committed a criminal offence in their arrest of a man during a domestic dispute.

"There are many inconsistencies in the statements of the 46-year-old complainant," concluded SIU Director Ian Scott. "There are also inconsistencies between his statements and those of others that prevent me from forming a subjective belief that the officers used excessive force during the man's arrest."

The SIU investigation began when the complainant notified the SIU to complain about injuries he allegedly received during his arrest at a residence on Peel Street in Woodstock on October 10, 2008.

During its investigation, the SIU found that the man's jaw had been fractured several weeks earlier in an unrelated incident that did not involve the police.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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